A Bronx man accused of smearing feces on a woman’s face in a vile subway attack last week stuck his tongue out as he was led out of his arraignment hearing Tuesday night.
Frank Abrokwa, 37, was arrested February 28 and charged with forcible touching, menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment, in connection with the stomach-churning attack.
Wearing a wearing brightly-colored ‘Slam’ magazine cover bomber jacket and NBA hat, Abrokwa cursed out Judge Wanda Licitra during his first court appearance at Bronx Criminal Court late Tuesday, the New York Daily News reported.
Abrokwa said he was tired of waiting and demanded the judge hurry things up so he could be handed over to Brooklyn detectives who were waiting to question him in a hate crime investigation.
The Bronx man, who had been freed without bail in three other cases, had to face the judge for the attack that took place just three days after New York City Mayor Eric Adams rolled out the Subway Safety Plan meant to crack down on violence in crime-ridden transport system.
Surveillance video from the station that was released by the New York City Police Department on Monday shows the victim, described as a 43-year-old woman, sitting on a bench waiting for a train.
A man walks along the platform carrying a plastic bag. Suddenly, he lunges at the woman and appears to shove the bag into her face.
Mayor Adams called the incident a ‘horrific experience for anyone to go through’ at an unrelated press conference on Monday.
‘Human waste or someone spitting in your face, those are real signs of mental health issues … and we really must dig into how we’re dealing with these mental health issues,’ the mayor added.
Frank Abrokwa, 37, who was arrested for smearing feces on a woman’s face in a vile subway attack last week, stuck his tongue out as he left court Tuesday night on a Brooklyn warrant
Abrokwa is charged with forcible touching, menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment
Abrokwa was wearing brightly-colored ‘SLAM’ magazine cover bomber jacker and NBA hat as he was escorted out of Bronx Criminal Court Tuesday night
The attack took place at 5:15pm on February 21 on the southbound platform at the East 241st Street station.
Assistant District Attorney Grace Phillips revealed Tuesday that just before the attack, Abrokwa hit on the victim, asking her, ‘Hey, mami, hey, mami, why don’t you talk to me?’
When she ignored him, he walked into a subway car and pooped into a bag.
Video then shows the Abrokwa walking back out of the idling subway car and lunging at the woman, smearing the excrement on her.
When the woman leans forward, he walks behind her and presses the waste against the back of her head and her back.
The video released by the police offers a clear image of the suspect, who is seen wearing black pants, an oversized blue sweater, and a ballcap over a durag, and carrying a large duffle bag slung over his shoulder.
Abrokwa has been arrested 44 times, has been accused of repeatedly punching a 30-year-old stranger on a subway platform at 125th St. and Lenox Ave. on Jan. 7, and punching a 53-year-old stranger at the Greyhound station at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown on Feb. 5, the Daily News reported.
More recently, it was reported that he grabbed screwdrivers and pepper spray from a Bronx hardware store on Feb. 22, then pointed a screwdriver at an employee and said, ‘Call the police.’
In court Tuesday night, the prosecutor tried to convince the judge that Abrokwa should be held on $5,000 cash or $15,000 bond, arguing the attack was part of a pattern of behavior.
But the judge said since she didn’t have depositions to review in his other arrests, she did not have reason to hold him.
However, Abrokwa did not leave the court a free man. Brooklyn detectives took him into custody as a suspect in a hate crime, the Daily News reported.
Surveillance video from the East 241st Street subway station in the Bronx shows a man attacking an unsuspecting woman sitting on a bench on February 21
The suspect lunges at the 43-year-old victim and shoves a plastic bag containing human feces into her face
The revolting attack took place without any apparent provocation during the evening rush hour
When the woman leans forward on the bench, the attacker smashes the bag of excrement against her head
The attacker is seen standing behind the victim and smear the bag against the victim
As part of the initiative, 1,000 police officers have been deployed on several subway lines to boost public safety.
A week after Adams’ announcement, Dr Nina Rothschild, a NYC Department of Health scientist, was kicked down a flight of stairs and struck repeatedly with a hammer at the Queens Plaza subway station, leaving her in a critical condition.
On Sunday, police picked up 57-year-old William Blount in connection with the savage attack, charging him with attempted murder, robbery and assault.
There has been a spate of crimes committed by homeless individuals, including a break-dancer who was stabbed by a homeless man earlier this month and Michelle Go’s murder, where the 40-year-old was pushed beneath a train in January by a homeless man with a history of mental illness.
So far this year there have been 320 crimes in the transit system – a 60 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
Crime across the board is on the rise in New York, with murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny and hate crime rates all increasing.